YSU loses assistant coaches Coleman, Matsakis

Staff report


Two more Youngstown State football coaches are leaving.

Wide receivers coach Andre Coleman is headed to his alma mater, Kansas State, while special teams coach/running backs coach Louie Matsakis is leaving for Kansas.

They are the second and third coaches to leave the program since the season ended. YSU inside linebackers coach Frank Buffano left in December to join fellow Cardinal Mooney graduate Mark Stoops at Kentucky as director of football operations.

Both coaches were part of Wolford’s original staff three years ago. Coleman coached tight ends his first season, which was also the first year of coaching at any level. The former NFL receiver coached the Penguins’ wide receivers each of the past two seasons.

Before coming to YSU, Matsaskis coached special teams and running backs at Kansas from 2007-09. He was also the Jayhawks’ quality control coach in 2004-05.

WFMJ’s Dana Balash originally reported the news.

The departure means Wolford has just four assistants left from his original staff: offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery, offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo, defensive line coach/assistant head coach Tom Sims and linebackers coach/director of high school relations Ron Stoops Jr.

YSU spring practice begins March 19. The spring game is April 19. The Penguins open regular season play on Aug. 29 against Dayton at Stambaugh Stadium.

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